Whale Watching & Puffin Tour from Húsavík

  • Availability

    April – August


    3 Hours

  • Difficulty

    Very Easy

  • Pickup


  • Minimum Age


  • Price

    ISK 14.990

Tour Highlights:

  • Humpback Whales
  • Minke Whales
  • Blue Whales
  • Killer Whales
  • Puffins


  • Expert whale watching guides
  • Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns
  • Warm 66° North overalls and raincoats if needed

The Whale Watching & Puffin Tour from Húsavík

Enjoy a perfect day out at sea on this Whale Watching & Puffin tour from Húsavík!  Sail out on the open sea in a traditional oak boat with expert guides. This tour stops at the famous Puffin Island, which is home to thousands of puffins during the summer season. Afterward, you’ll explore the Skjálfandi Bay, home to whale species such as Humpback whales, Blue Whales, Minke Whales and more.

Located by Skjálfandi Bay, the small town of Húsavík is known as the whale watching capital of Iceland. It is also home to one of the biggest colonies in Iceland, Lundey. The name translates to Puffin Island, which sits just outside the Húsavík harbor. In the summer months, it’s home to over 200,000 puffins who nest here. The island is protected, so visitors are not allowed to go on the island itself. But as you slowly sail by the island, you will see hundreds of puffins flying around and diving into the ocean. It truly is a remarkable sight.

On this tour, you will also go on a search for the bay’s other famous inhabitants, whales. Whale watching tours from Húsavík have an excellent sighting rate. Species sighted here include Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and even Blue Whales which are generally sighted early in the season. Other species have also been spotted in this area, making each tour an exciting adventure out at sea.

This Whale Watching and Puffin Tour is an ideal choice for families. During the tour, the whole family can enjoy the smooth, safe sailing of a traditional Icelandic oak boat with a cup of hot cocoa and traditional Icelandic scones.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can pick up and dropoff be added to this tour?

No, this tour is a meet-on-location tour. The meeting point is at the Húsavík harbor.

What should I wear on this tour?

We recommend dressing as warmly as possible before heading out. Bringing a hat/cap, gloves and sunglasses is highly recommended. Wear good, comfortable shoes – sandals are not recommended.

Keep in mind that it can often be quite cold staying out at sea for three hours.

If necessary you can borrow a raincoat and warm overalls on board.

Are refreshments sold on the boat?

No, but hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls are offered on the way back to the harbor.

You are of course welcome to bring your own refreshments on the boat.

Is a sighting of whales guaranteed on this tour?

As whales are wild animals, a sighting of them can never be guaranteed. However, this area offers an excellent chance of a sighting and whales are seen on most tours.

In the unlikely event that you do not see whales on your tour, you will be offered another chance to go on this tour free of charge.

Which species of whales have been spotted in this are?

In this area, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, and Blue Whales are spotted regularly. Many other species of whales are sighted here as well, although they may not make regular appearances. These include for example Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Pilot Whales, Sei Whales and more.

Is there an age limit on this tour?

No, there is no age limit on this tour. It’s a great choice for all types of travelers, including kids.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

Reservations can be canceled 24 hours prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to departure are non-refundable.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to info@iat.is.

Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 24 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).

If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. 

This tour departs from the Húsavík harbor. Húsavík is located in North Iceland, approx. 80 minutes drive from Akureyri and approx. 1 hours drive from Lake Mývatn.

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Price from 14.990 ISK per person.


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